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Richard Coleman Citydesigner specialises in the following services for architects, developers and planning advisors:

  • Critical analysis and assessment of development proposals, where quality of design must be balanced against historical setting.
     
  • Appraisal and evaluation of the public value or community benefit of a development proposal.
     
  • Aesthetic analysis and quality assessment of architectural designs as support statements for planning applications.
     
  • Advice on the opportunities to add value through development related to listed buildings and other heritage buildings in conservation areas, or affected by other heritage designations.
     
  • Assessment of the architectural and historic interest of buildings, including listed buildings.
     
  • Applications for Certificate of Immunity from Listing.
     
  • Assessment of the character and appearance and appropriate boundaries of conservation areas using nationally defined parameters.
     
  • Assessment of the contribution made by unlisted buildings to the character or appearance of conservation areas.
     
  • Advice on the selection and appointment of architects, designers and artists and on the processes available for making decisions, for example, selecting an individual, holding competitive interviews or limited design competitions, fee bidding and consequent need to judge value-for-money. See competitions.
     
  • Advice on the presentation of development schemes to national and local organisations, authorities and interest groups, bearing in mind that different forms of presentation are generally needed for each situation.
     
  • Interpretation and analysis of the often conflicting outcomes of consultation with local and national organisations.
     
  • Townscape and Visual Impact Assessment of new development in historic contexts for Environmental Statements.
     
  • Expert Witness in architecture, urban design and conservation at Public Inquiry.
     
  • Mediation in architectural and planning.